August 19, 2023 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

craft and fashion 2023


The HOME Refugee Steering Committee at the Lynden Sculpture Garden invites you to observe World Refugee Day in a series of outdoor events and programs that celebrate Milwaukee’s refugee communities through art, food, fashion, and performance.

This year, the youth-directed HOME Fashion Day will unfurl against the background of our August Craft Market. The two events will showcase the rich and varied fashion and crafts of refugees within the local community. The craft market runs from 11 am to 4 pm, and the fashion show is scheduled from 12 to 1:30 pm. For those wanting to tour the grounds, a tree walk with the Lynden land team is scheduled from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. In addition, HOME sponsor Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield will provide community resources, PHE unwinding materials, and health and wellness educational information. Covering Wisconsin will provide health insurance coverage information and information for Medicaid members attending, important renewal and next steps if transitioning from current BadgerCare.


11 am Craft Market Opens
12-1:30 pm Fashion Show
1:30-2:30 pm Tree Walk
4 pm Craft Market Closes

The theme for Fashion Day is STORYTELLING and is organized by HOME intern and youth leader Maryam Yusuf. Yusuf and her peers are taking an archival approach to fashion, using clothes to tell a story about the past in order to deepen understanding and connection in the present. They have invited fiber-based artists, budding refugee designers, and clothes vendors to join them on the stage, and are extending the opportunity to learn about other cultures through an accompanying interactive booth.

Drop by any time to browse our outdoor market featuring crafts and other goods from Africa, Asia, and Indigenous makers. Bring a picnic and a blanket to enjoy the outdoors with friends, family, and community. Be sure to have cash with you to purchase food and refreshments prepared by community chefs from the Ethiopian community.

Complete list of participants and menu coming soon!


Beana’s Bouquets: Bouquets, live plants, and handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry by Indigenous and Mexican designer Sabrina Lombardo

bibi_hennaa: Henna by Afghan artist Bibi Farishta Sulaimankhel

Bloom For Growth: Artworks and merchandise from Palestinian artist Nada Alzalloum, including tote bags, shirts, and sweaters, that promote a more positive representation of refugee groups.

Crafty Mom: Winter hats knitted by Artemisa Zavala

Fairouz LLC: Gifts, accessories, and antiques from across the world from Syrian vendor Suheir Rashid.

Hmodern Made: Ashley Xiong’s Hmong handmade hair accessories, apparel, and other wearables.

Ladi Nayaase: Organic, natural, and sustainable self care brand whose mission is to bring holistic wellness to communities of color, with sustainability at the core of its business practices. Products include body scrubs, shampoo and conditioning bars, candles, natural deodorant, body oil, facial oil, facial masks, soaps, and make up remover.

Mai Glow: Handcrafted jewelry, instruments, bags and more hand selected and crafted from Nigeria.

Mchete's African Treasures: Authentic, handmade African and Tanzanian clothing, fabric, and accessories, and other African treasures.

Mh Trendz: Traditional and contemporary henna (mhendi) designs by Muneeba Irslan.

Myanmar Art: Watercolor paintings of Myanmar landscapes and portraits and other artworks by Myanmar artists organized by Aung Myo Tin.

Nyota Musimbwa: Handmade bags from recycled materials by Congolese craftsperson Nyota Musimbwa

Olive Essence Soap, sold by Palestinian Syrian Seedra Amer.

Rosidah Abdul Shukor: Burmese desserts including sago and sticky rice, prepared by Ros

Rumaneh Nourish: Natural and organic skincare products inspired by owner Bisan Musa's Palestinian heritage.

Skylight: Traditional Rohingya and Burmese desserts by Hasina Ahmed.

Song of the Sun Ceramics: Indigenous beaded jewelry and ceramics by Melissa Lombardo.

Wisconsin Ukrainians: Ukrainian souvenirs and crafts.

YC Kitchen: Savory Hmong snacks, including egg rolls, meat skewers, noodle soup and spring rolls, prepared by Der Yang

Yenepa Herbals: Indigenous herbal products and medicinal remedies from Angela Kingsawan.

About HOME
HOME is the theme of our work with refugee community leaders, community members, Call & Response artists, and allies. The HOME Refugee Steering Committee is building a space of leading, coming together, and celebrating refugees.

World Refugee Day 2023 celebrations extend into three additional HOME “days” featuring music, dance, food, fashion (both ethnic and traditional), and two markets offering handicrafts and homemade goods. For all HOME 2023 programming, click here.

HOME 2023 is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Refugee Programs; Anthem Blue-Cross Blue-Shield; and Hanan Refugee Relief Group.

Additional partners include Milwaukee Public Library, UWM Libraries, Tables Across Borders, Wisconsin for Ukraine, Community Center for Immigrants, and more.

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